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Purdue Recognized as Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award Winner

Photo of Roger C. Stewart and students
Photo of Roger C. Stewart and students. Thanks to a generous donation from Roger C. Stewart, we are able to offer this first-year leadership opportunity that utilizes CliftonStrengths for students and allows participants to gain tools in order to be successful at Purdue and beyond.

Purdue University has been recognized as a 2020 Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award winner. Purdue was selected from a small number of finalists among the more than 1,000 schools which partner with Gallup on their strengths-based strategy. 

Purdue partners with Gallup to introduce CliftonStrengths for Students ®, an online talent assessment, to incoming Boilermakers. Known as myStrengths, this program helps students identify their biggest strengths from a list of 34 strength themes. The assessment is administered through the Roger C. Stewart Leadership Experience at Purdue (LEAP) and the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative (LPDI). Students are introduced to strengths concepts in their pre-arrival information and during orientation programs. LEAP and LPDI provide ongoing training for students through workshops held throughout the school year. 

Since its inception in 2016, more than 34,000 Boilermakers have taken the assessment. During the 2019-20 school year, 2730 students participated in strengths-based workshops hosted by LPDI and LEAP – all of which took place beyond the scope of in-class curriculums. Additional one-on-one and group workshop sessions were held by strengths coaches on campus.  

Don Clifton Strengths for Students is a new award recognizing colleges and universities that enable students to learn what they naturally do best and apply their strengths to thrive in school and all areas of their lives. Gallup account teams nominated their clients for the new award. Following the nomination, a judging panel reviewed the applications to determine the winners in each category.  

Writer: Matthew Vader, writer/social media coordinator, Vice Provost for Student Life